Drs. Clark, Covert and Mueller

Charlottesville Family Vision Care


Meet Our Staff

For more information or to make an appointment, please call us at 434-973-5361.

© 2011, Family Vision Care, 441 Westfield Road, Charlottesville Virginia 22902

Dr. Kathleen Clark

Dr. Clark graduated from Indiana University School of Optometry in 1977. Drs. Clark and Covert established Family Vision Care in Charlottesville in 1979. Dr.. Clark moved back to her home state of Michigan in 1996. She worked at the Livingston Developmental Academy and Excel Institute vision clinics. In 1998, she spent 6 months teaching at the optometry school in Auckland, New Zealand. Dr. Clark returned to Charlottesville in 1999 rejoining Family Vision Care. In 2004, she married Dr. Greg Gelburd, an osteopathic family physician with Downtown Family Health Care. Their combined family of 5 girls brings them much joy.

In addition to her general adult practice, Dr. Clark enjoys working with children and infants. She evaluates, consults and treats patients with learning difficulties, autism, head injury, stroke, strabismus, convergence insufficiency, and computer stress syndrome.

Dr. Clark goes on medical missions trips around the world. She has been to the Gulf Coast twice with RAM, travels to Honduras each year with her church and has been to Haiti several times. During the mission week she will see approximately 300 patients. We give out prescription glasses, readers, sunglasses and eye medications all generously donated from groups like the Lions Club. “It is so rewarding to watch a persons face light up when they can see!”

Dr. Christopher Covert

Born and raised on the flat lands among the wheat fields of central Indiana, Dr. Covert earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology from Miami University of Oxford, Ohio in 1972. His Doctorate in Optometry was completed at Indiana University in May 1977. The fall of 1979 introduced the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and the great town of Charlottesville, Virginia to the brand new practice of Dr’s Clark and Covert.

For nearly three decades, not only has Charlottesville grown and evolved so has the profession of optometry. Embracing and incorporating the latest of cutting edge medical technologies, advancements and techniques in the ophthalmic field including LASIK, retinal photography, computer aided refraction, glaucoma treatments, advances in pharmacology, spectacle lens designs and materials and contact lens materials, Dr. Covert has met the challenge of remaining open to and abreast of these developments to provide his patients with the best vision care and vision correction.

Known for his detailed, tenacious, no-nonsense and caring style of health care delivery, Dr. Covert continues to welcome not only his established patients, but new patients as well.

Dr. Susan Mueller

Dr. Mueller is a native of scenic northwest New Jersey. After graduating from Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania with a Biology degree, she worked for a large pharmaceutical company as a microbiologist. After realizing that research was not her calling, she returned to school to become an optometrist. Dr. Mueller graduated from Pennsylvania College of Optometry in Philadelphia in 1989. She then completed a residency in ocular disease at Lyons Veteran’s Administration Medical Center in New Jersey in 1990. 

Dr. Mueller and her husband, Bill, moved to Charlottesville in 1990 for Bill to pursue a Master’s degree in landscape architecture at University of Virginia. Dr. Mueller worked for two years in Staunton, then joined Dr. Clark and Covert in practice in 1992. Dr. Mueller and her husband have two daughters. She currently works part-time in the office and full-time at home where she homeschools her children.

Dr. Mueller believes in using the gifts and talents given to her for the benefit of others.   She performs eye exams free of cost for patients referred from the Charlottesville Free Clinic and Vision USA. She volunteers with Remote Area Medical (RAM) and makes an annual trek to Wise County for a three-day medical mission where the vision clinic performs free exams for up to two thousand patients from surrounding states. Dr. Mueller also greatly enjoys her time working in a family practice where she can help patients of all ages with their varying visual needs, in addition to keeping up with her interest of diagnosing and treating ocular disease.

Patti Behrend

Patti Behrend, a licensed optician, comes to Family Vision Care from Medford, New Jersey.  Patti relocated to Charlottesville to be closer to her children, grandchildren and relatives.  Patti has 35 years experience in the optical business as well as 18 years experience as an optical boutique business owner.  During Patti’s tenure as a business owner, she always found time to donate and dispense glasses for students that could not afford their glasses.  Patti’s special expertise is helping to find the perfect pair of eyeglasses for any customer and fitting them perfectly.   Patti is a professional with a knack for making all of her customers feel comfortable and welcome.  She enjoys spending time with her family at the mountains, reading and gardening.

In the time Patti has been with Family Vision Care, our patients have enjoyed her skill, her knowledge of eye wear and lens options, as well as her “eye for fashion”.  Patti helps you look your best and see your best.  We at Family Vision Care are happy to have Patti join our team.  Welcome to Charlottesville Patti!

Eithna Sullivan

Eithna is a Registered Nurse of Thirty years with advanced training in spinal injury rehabilitation. She worked in the developing world as an R.N. for twenty years. Returning home, she worked as a tutor and nurse in a Virginia elementary school for six years, and because interested in Vision Therapy when she saw that the vision screening did not address visual processing problems. Eithna combines her previous experience with her present training to help expand our service to the community, not only to children with reading disabilities but also to neurologically challenged adults. Eithna and her husband have two children, a son and a daughter.